Damascus is the capital of Syria. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world.
A Special Ops unit, including Will Simpson, was tasked with finishing a mission in the Damascus. During the mission Simpson consumed specialized amphetamines to greatly increase his endurance and pain tolerance. To combat the effects of these drugs, Simpson was also given supplementary drugs; a stabilizer to prevent his body from shutting down, and a depressant to return his body chemistry to normal levels. Misuse of the pills led to a catastrophe during the mission.